South Dakota mother, 40, found dead at crash scene was shot, authorities say; 2 children survive

Police say a woman died last week by shots outside her vehicle.

The death of a driver whose vehicle crashed along Interstate 70 in Missouri last week is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said this week as the 40-year-old mother of two died from shots from outside the vehicle, not the impact of the crash.

The two children of Melissa Peskey, in the age of 5 and 11, survived, according to reports.

Peskey the man Ryan, a member of the South Dakota National Guard, who recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, told a reporter with KELO-TV of Sioux Falls that the authorities said that he is a “person” in connection with the case, because he is not answering the phone when the authorities called to tell him that his wife was dead. The man said he was asleep at home while his wife and children were on a trip to North Carolina to visit friends, KELO reported.


The crash happened at the end of december. 13 in Boonville, Mo., FOX 2 St. Louis reported. Peskey’s body was found in the driver’s seat around 10:30 p.m. An autopsy indicated that they were killed by shots from outside the vehicle, Fox 2 reported.

Researchers say that they have received over 60 leads in connection with the case, the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls reported. It remained unclear whether the woman was targeted or the victim of a random attack.

“At this moment there is no evidence, nor any indication that the public is in danger,” Sgt. Scott White told the newspaper via e-mail.

Missouri Highway Patrol this week tweeted a photo of a car similar to the one Peskey was driving when she was killed.

Meanwhile Peskey the two children have been placed in a foster home in Missouri. Peskey, the man said that he was confronted with a judge Wednesday to request of his children and wife’s body back to Sioux Falls, KELO-TV reported.


A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Ryan Peskey and the children. On Thursday night, the page had raised more than $10,000 of the $13,000 for the purpose.

The authorities ask anyone with information about the case to call the Missouri State Highway Patrol (573) 751-1000.

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